It should also cut down on some unwarranted expenditures, reduce the size of government and find innovative means of making the country’s resources yield maximum benefits for the citizenry rather than overly stretch the bounds of Ghanaians, particularly, the public sector workers.
Madam Stella Kwofie, a resident of Takoradi, said this during the Western Regional Town Hall meeting organised by the Ministry of Information to deepen citizens understanding of the benefits of the E-levy. The 1.75 per cent E-levy has generated controversy since it was announced in the 2022 budget and had sharply divided Parliament, with the Minority vowing to vote against its passage into law. The levy is to allow the government to generate revenue from electronic transactions, including mobile money. The townhall meetings are to enable the government to get the buy in of the public before the debate of the levy in Parliament and its possible passage into law. Dr. Eric Amartey, of the Takoradi Technical University (TTU) also wondered whether the E-levy would not affect people on government pay roll who were already burdened with other forms of taxation. Others expressed concern about what they thought was government allowing the Telescos to amass from the ordinary Ghanaian and only told to reduce it charges because of the E-levy.
The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, responding to the concerns, said the E-levy was a deep request from the President to create jobs, build more infrastructure to improve the general well-being of Ghanaians. He said the current situation where only a percentage of Ghanaians paid taxes was not favourable to realizing the rapid socio-economic aspirations of the country. Mr. Ofori-Atta said, “The E-levy will make all Ghanaians responsible in paying taxes and reinforce their moral rights to demand for more social amenities and development.” The E-levy, he touted, would help boost education delivery, strengthen internal security, Health care services as well as other government flagship programmes, e